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AndyH
Mar-10-2006 @ 9:31 PM                           Permalink
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Not sure if this is the right forum....

I have a 22' Birchwood with a diesel and have been thinking about buying an outboard as an emergency backup. Not as a "get me home" back up - just to reach the bank or safe mooring place.

The thing I'm not certain of is what is the smallest out board I could get away with for that purpose.

Any suggestions?

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Andy,

I dont know if this is any use


I used to have a 28' wooden cruiser which was equiped with a petrol engine that was at best unpredictable.

I also had a 4.5 hp outboard which was mounted on a retractable stand on the transom. This was more than adequete as a get you home engine. With this one operating the boat would steer using its own rudder.

Stopping and manouvering was a bit fraught though Evil Grin

Rod

You mean the other Starboard then...

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i wouldent bother andy make sure its serviced and the fuel line has a water trap in it there isnt much kills a diesel engine clean fuel being the most important

have a nice day all the best Dave

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If only 22ft might I in all seriousness suggest that a pair of canoe paddles with as long a shaft as you can get would do just as well in terms of getting you to the bank Confused

'As you are all moored side on may I lay alongside you? Certainly my dear which side of the bed do you prefer?' Bill...


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